Regulating the XML Marketplace

Fri Jan 8 17:18:54 GMT 1999

     All this talk about finding a "killer ap" or even a "clever ap" for 
     XML has me puzzled.  The most obvious "killer ap" for XML is as a 
     medium for business-to-business electronic data interchange (EDI) and 
     systems integration for the rest of us, i.e. the small to medium size 
     businesses of the world.  Sure the AT&T's and other large corporations 
     have their proprietary networks and software for doing EDI, but XML 
     enables the vast, rest of the world to use both a publicly available, 
     i.e. inexpensive, network and to acquire, if not create its own, 
     software at a price much lower than anything the established EDI 
     software vendors are asking.  This is clearly revolutionary and 
     threatening to the "EDI establishment."  For evidence, just root 
     around the web site, for example, of the Data Interchange Standards 
     Association (DISA),  Check out their membership list and 
     see what kind of attention they're giving to this newfangled "XML 
     There are two companies that I have found that appear to be in the 
     forefront of the XML-EDI revolution (and perhaps others can find 
     more): WebMethods ( and Datachannel 

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